5 Ways to Save Money on Food at Walt Disney World!

Anyone out there will agree that dining at Disney isn’t cheap! The first thing that comes to mind is, just save money for it! But, there are some ways to help cut the cost of your dining budget at Walt Disney World!

~#5 Plan to eat at least ONE meal in your hotel room~

This is something that my family has done for every trip that we take. We usually bring with us some quick-to-eat breakfast food to eat in the hotel room ass everyone is getting ready for the day. If you are flying to Disney and don’t want to take a taxi to the grocery store, there are a few grocery delivery companies in the area that will deliver your food to your hotel or resort for you.

~#4 Bring snacks and drinks into the parks!~

Some people may not know that you are in fact allowed to bring snacks and drinks into the parks with you. My family usually brings some single serve bags of chips, cookies and sweets in our backpack to the parks. We also bring a few water bottles and gatorades with us as well. Also, during the summer months I would suggest freezing a water bottle and bringing into the parks and filling it up with fountain water as the ice melts. You are even allowed to bring in small sandwiches and lunchables. Just be prepared to go through security with your bag when you enter the park.

~#3 Share Meals~

Several Quick Service dining locations in the parks and resorts serve fairly large combo meals that could be shared with another family member. Also, adults are allowed to purchase kids combo meals at any quick service location on property. Getting a kids meals verses a regular combo meal well cut the price of the meal in half! Plus, the proportions aren’t that much of a difference.

~#2 Eating Some Meals Off-Property~

What most people don’t realize is that you can leave Walt Disney World Property and go and eat at the restaurants around the Orlando area. This may be harder for those that have flown into Orlando because you will have to get a taxi in order to go eat. Some of the restaurants around town are specific to the area and are worth to take a look at. Plus, you are almost guaranteed to save money when you eat outside the parks.

~#1 Purchasing a Dining Plan~

If you are like me and enjoy eating at the highly themed restaurants on property, getting a Dining Plan might just be the best option for  you. Depending on how many are in your party and what their ages are you will usually save money by choosing a Dining Plan. Even if you go with the quick service plan you will save money on your meals. Just remember a Dining Plan is not for everyone. It may end up costing you more or less if you purchase a Dining Plan.

If you have any more suggestions on how to save money on food, please feel free to comment below! Also, if you have any questions about the suggestions that I have made or any questions that you have concerning what is allowed in the parks; please feel free to contact me today!

New Years Eve in Disney World

The week in between Christmas and New Years is by far the most crowded time in Walt Disney World. If you are not a crowd person then this time is NOT for you! I would advise you to go in September and October or the end of January and February. But if you are willing to take on the crowds and make the most of it then pay attention!

  • Arrive Early and Stay Late! During this time of year the parks open to guests staying on property very early and stay open very late to accommodate the heavy crowds. Get to the parks at least an hour to 30 minutes earlier than park open.

  • Take a Break Mid-Day! This goes hand in hand with Arrive Early and Stay Late. For the most party during this week you could see the Magic Kingdom opening as early as 7:00 am and closing at 3:00 am. There is absolutely no way that you could be there that whole time whether you are a party of all adults or adults and children. Plan to skip the middle part of the day, go back to your hotel and eat lunch and take a nap. Then head back late in the afternoon after the crowds have drowned out and enjoy the evening festivities at the parks!

  • Eat your Meals Off-Schedule! Your normal day-to-day schedule is likely to change while you’re in Disney, whether it’s a time change for you and your family or just the way that you schedule your park time. Let’s say if you are going to the parks super early you’re going more than likely going to eat breakfast early which is going to make your lunch early. This is a good thing because your lunch time will not be at the normal “lunch” time. Like I had said above, eating at your hotel or getting a reservation for lunch at an hotel would be your best bet. Even bringing or buying lunch items to eat in the hotel room would be a good way to avoid crowds and take a break from Disney.

  • Utilize your FastPass+! First of all make sure to get your FastPasses as soon as they become available at the 60-Days Out mark. Schedule your FastPasses for the busiest times of the day, which will be the middle of the day. So before you leave for your break for mid-day go ride all the rides! Plan on during the morning hours and evening hours either waiting in line or experiencing the other things that the parks have to offer besides the rides.

  • Do the Unpopular Rides! These rides you may have done once before, but they aren’t your “HAVE TO” rides every time you go to the parks. These rides are also the classics and will more than likely have little to no line. Imagine that! For example some rides at the Magic Kingdom are: Carousel of Progress, Tiki Room Shows, Country Bear Jamboree and the Hall of Presidents. And don’t forget a ride around on the Walt Disney World Railroad or the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. In EPCOT attractions like Living with the Land, American Adventure and Figment are classics but usually don’t hold a very long line. Any of the stage shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom are your best bet to ditch the crowds at those parks. 

The Magic Kingdom and EPCOT have specialty firework shows just for New Years. The Magic Kingdom actually presents their firework show, Fantasy in the Sky, on December 30 as well as New Years Eve. On each of these nights Holiday Wishes will go off followed by the New Year’s show, so don’t leave early! EPCOT presents Illuminations twice on New Years Eve. The first running includes the Peace on Earth segment and the second running will feature the New Year’s Eve version.

Plan to go to wherever you choose to watch the fireworks at least two hours in advance if not more. Get there and pick your spot and stay there! Dress warm and make sure you’ve gone to the bathroom and ate something before you pick your spot.

I can not stress enough to pack your patience. And just remember that not everything is going to go according to plan but it is essential to have a plan to go by! Have alternative choices and enjoy the little things and you should have a great time! After all you will be in the Happiest Place on Earth!

How to Survive Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Disney World!

Christmas and the holiday season at Walt Disney World is an amazing sight to see! It is also the most crowded and busiest times of the year!

THE best advice that I can give is make sure to pack your patience! And just remember that everyone is going to have the same mindset as you; avoid the crowds, see all the shows and fireworks, eat at the best restaurants, meet all the characters and ride all the rides!

Let’s just get real, you are not going to be able to avoid the crowds all together! So if you are really not a “wind through the crowds” type of person I would strongly suggest you not go during the Holiday season. Although, there are a few things that you can do to make your vacation a little less of a headache.

  • Get to the parks super early! Meaning get to the park an hour to 30 min before park open. That means whether or not the park is offering Extra Magic Hours that morning!

  • Reserve FastPass+ and Dinner Reservations ASAP! Once you book your trip calculate what day is your 180 days out mark and 60 days out mark. Make sure to be up at 7:00 am eastern time to select your restaurants and FastPass+!

  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! This separate ticketed event let’s those that have purchased tickets to this party into the Magic Kingdom at 4:00 pm on party nights. Only those that have purchased tickets are allowed into the park from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am on party nights. Which means only a select few will be in the Magic Kingdom to enjoy the special shows, character meet and greats and shorter lines for the rides. For more information on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, click here!

If you are going to the parks during the holidays and your main interest is seeing all of the shows and fireworks that are unique to this time of year, I would suggest not worrying too much about the rides. Make your FastPass+ selections for the rides that you absolutely HAVE to do. Pick a spot early on the parade route to get a good view of the floats and characters. There is one castle stage show during the day that is pretty cute and is a great way to see all of the characters in their Christmas best. And let’s not forget the nighttime shows and fireworks that everyone knows and loves! The best way to get a good view for the parades and firework shows would be to pick a spot that gives you a great view for both.

To make sure that you get your top pick for restaurants make sure to get your reservations in order on the 180th day out from your arrival date! Have your list ready and be sure to make reservations for the character dinning FIRST as they are the first to get all booked up!

Again if your main reason for going to Disney is seeing as many characters as you can, don’t spend too much time worrying about getting on rides. Like I mentioned before make your FastPass+ selections for the rides that you HAVE to do and then don’t worry too much about riding anything else unless the wait is low. In order to see characters you will most likely have to wait through at least one or two character meeting sessions before you get your turn to meet your character.

If you are planning to be at the Magic Kingdom on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, plan to stay there all day. It’s more often than not that the Magic Kingdom will close due to capacity on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Disney goes all out for the fireworks on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and it most definitely a must see if you are going to be in Disney World on these days. What many people don’t know is that you don’t have to be inside the Magic Kingdom to see the fireworks. If the Magic Kingdom is closed due to capacity don’t worry just hang around at the Transportation Center (TCC), you can get a great view from there and they play the music that goes along with the fireworks. You can also view the fireworks from the surrounding resorts on the Seven Seas Lagoon; the Contemporary, Polynesian Village and the Grand Floridian. Please note that sometimes the hotel security may not let you go into certain places on the hotel’s property as some of it is designated for Disney Vacation Club Members only. Also, please know that you can view the fireworks on any night from these locations as well not just on busy nights.

If you are not wanting to go to the Magic Kingdom on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, the next best park to go to is EPCOT! EPCOT is so spread out and has many Christmas decorations and activities to enjoy. Although, the lines will be VERY long you will still be able to enjoy the seasonal offerings from all of the featured countries.

A very simple way to get away from all of the crowds but still enjoy Christmas in Disney World is to just stay at  the resort that you are staying at. Chances are they are all decked out for the holidays and have Christmas activities planned for their resort guests. You can also resort hop. Just as the theme parks go all out for Christmas decorations, you can only imagine what the resorts do. The deluxe resorts have the most decorations, but since they are near the Magic Kingdom the traffic getting there could be a pain. My best advice for resort hoping would be to take a bus to EPCOT and ride the monorail to the TCC and then take the resort monorail around the loop and take your time to take in all of the decorations. Just remember everyone else is trying to get somewhere as fast as they can too. Just don’t be in a hurry and bring your patience!

Spending Thanksgiving at Disney World!

If you are planning on taking your family to Disney World during the Thanksgiving holidays, plan on experiencing longer wait times than normal! The week of Thanksgiving kids are pretty much out of school a few days if not the whole week. Thanksgiving and Christmas are most likely the time for families to take vacations during those holidays.

As far as decorations go, don’t expect to see cornucopias and pilgrims all over the parks. Nope, Disney will already be decorated for Christmas! In fact you can expect to see Christmas decorations in all of the parks and resorts as soon as November 1st! Yup that’s right a whole month and half away from Christmas Day!

The week of Thanksgiving is going to be pretty crowded! Not as crowded as the week of Christmas and New Years, but there are very good chances that the parks can close due to capacity during this week. My best advice that I can give as to which park to visit is pick one and stay there! DO NOT PLAN ON PARK HOPPING! If you are staying on property however, I would suggest taking advantage of Extra Magical Hours if they are available and then going to your park of choice for the day. I the reason I say don’t park hop is because you could have plans to do one park in the morning and then maybe want to eat dinner at the Magic Kingdom, well the Magic Kingdom could close to capacity and then you are out your dinner reservation.

Another tip about getting the most out of your park experience is to ARRIVE EARLY!  I know that I have said this many times but it is true! The earlier you arrive the faster you get in the park with fewer crowds and less wait times. Now if you are there for the experience of being there and not really concerned about riding the rides besides your FASTPASS+ choices, then take your time!

Make sure to always have a plan. Have everyone in your party say what it is that they absolutely HAVE to do that day at the parks. If it’s riding the rides, get there early. If you are wanting good spots for the shows and parades, make sure to stake out a spot at least 45-30 minutes before showtime. If meeting the characters is your top priority, make sure to check out the Times Guide BEFORE arriving to the parks!

If you are going for the food, make you reservations during the non-usual meal times. Like say you want to eat dinner at a pretty popular place, schedule your reservation for as early or as late as possible and not around the normal dinner time. There are so many places to indulge yourself in Thanksgiving style feasts! 

Remember to bring with you a lot of patience. Everyone is most likely trying to get to and do the same things that you and your family are trying to do. Be polite and patience with others even if they aren’t towards you. Remember that it is a time to be Thankful for what you have.

Epcot’s Dining Locations that Offer Thanksgiving Meals:

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

  • Biergarten Restaurant

  • Coral Reef Restaurant

  • Le Cellier Steakhouse

  • Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room

  • Sunshine Seasons (Quick Service)

Magic Kingdom’s Dining Locations the Offer Thanksgiving Meals:

  • Be Our Guest

  • Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

Hollywood Studios’ Dining Locations that Offer Thanksgiving Meals:

  • 50’s Prime Time Cafe

  • Hollywood and Vine

  • The Hollywood Brown Derby

Animal Kingdom’s Dining Locations that Offer Thanksgiving Meals:

  • Tusker House Restaurant

Disney World Resort Hotel’s Dining Locations that Offer Thanksgiving Meals:

  • Wilderness Lodge – Artist Point and Whispering Canyon Cafe

  • Port Orleans Riverside – Boatwright’s Dining Hall

  • Contemporary Resort – California Grill and The Wave

  • Beach Club Resort – Cape May Cafe

  • Yacht Club Resort – Captain’s Grille and Yachtsman Steakhouse

  • Grand Floridian – Citricos, Grand Floridian Cage, Narcoossee’s and Victoria & Albert’s

  • All-Star Sports Resort – End Zone Court

  • BoardWalk – Flying Fish Cafe and Trattoria Al Forno

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jiko the Cooking Place

  • Polynesian Village Resort – Kona Cafe

  • Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground – Mickey’s Backyard Thanksgiving Feast and Trail’s End Restaurant

  • Old Key West Resort – Olivia’s Cafe

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge Kindani Village Resort – Sanaa

  • Caribbean Beach Resort – Shutters at Old Port Royale

  • Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa – The Turf Club Bar and Grill

Disney Springs’ Dining Locations that Offer Thanksgiving Meals:

  • Planet Hollywood

  • Raglan Road

  • Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe

What to do During Hurricane Season?

If you are not from the South, Hurricanes can be a bit scary to think about. And if you are from the South you should know what to expect! Hurricanes can be a full on hell hole or they can just be a really long rainy thunder storm. Either way they can really mess up your plans while you’re vacationing at Disney World! Hurricane season lasts from June 1st until November 30th. A long time I KNOW! The most important advice I can give you is be prepared! Keep watch on the local news channels and weather channels. Always, purchase travel insurance if you are going to be traveling during Hurricane Season! Also, always bring wet rainy gear with you during Hurricane Season! You may not experience an official Hurricane or Tropical Storm, but you have a very good chance of experiencing a Severe Thunderstorm which can sometimes be worse than a Hurricane or Tropical Storm. My best advice would be just be weather prepared at all times during this time! The weather in this area can change on a dime!

Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions about Hurricane Season:

What does it mean for my vacation plans if a hurricane warning is issued within 7 days of my arrival date?

If a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area—or for your place of residence—within 7 days of your scheduled arrival date, you may call in advance to reschedule or cancel your Walt Disney Travel Company Magic Your Way vacation package and most room only reservations (booked directly with Disney) without any cancellation or change fees imposed by Disney.

If you have products and services provided by third-party suppliers included in your vacation—such as airlines, hotels, car rental agencies or vacation insurance companies—you will continue to be responsible for any non-refundable payments, as well as cancellation or change fees assessed by those suppliers. The policy does not apply to certain special events or dining experiences.

If you have questions or you wish to reschedule your vacation due to a hurricane warning, please call (407) 939-7675.

If I reschedule my vacation to a different date because of a hurricane warning, will I be able to get my same accommodations?

If you are scheduled to arrive within 7 days of a hurricane warning, you may call us in advance to reschedule without a Disney imposed change fee. We cannot guarantee availability of similar accommodations for the new travel dates. All amounts you paid to Disney for rooms, theme park tickets, dining plans and other Disney products and services will be applied toward your new reservation.

Any discounts or special offers applicable to your original confirmed vacation will not apply to the rescheduled vacation travel dates. You are responsible for applicable package pricing for the new vacation dates.

The policy does not apply to certain special events and dining experiences.

If a hurricane warning is issued within 7 days of my arrival date and I want to cancel or reschedule my vacation, what should I do with my airline tickets?

If you booked your air travel through the Walt Disney Travel Company and you want to reschedule, we will attempt to re-book your air travel. However, you will be responsible for any cancellation or change fees imposed by the airline. If you did not book your air travel through the Walt Disney Travel Company, you should contact your airline.

A hurricane warning has been issued within 7 days of my arrival date and I did not book my package through the Walt Disney Travel Company. Does the Walt Disney Travel Company cancellation policy apply to my package too?

No. You should contact your travel agent or tour operator directly for information relating to the cancellation and change policies that apply to your package.

If a hurricane warning is issued within 7 days of my arrival date and I have a sports or group package, does the Walt Disney Travel Company hurricane cancellation policy apply to my package?

No. The policy only applies to Walt Disney Travel Company Magic Your Way Packages. It does not apply to sports, youth, or other group or special event rooms or packages and does not apply to meetings and conventions.

I received a special offer when I booked my vacation with the Walt Disney Travel Company. If a hurricane warning is issued within 7 days of my arrival date and I reschedule, will I get the same special offer?

Only if an identical special offer is available for your rescheduled vacation dates. All amounts you paid to the Walt Disney Travel Company for rooms, park tickets, dining plans and other Disney products and services will be applied toward your new reservation.

Any discounts or special offers applicable to your original confirmed vacation may not apply to the rescheduled vacation travel dates. You are responsible for applicable package pricing for the new vacation dates.

This policy does not apply to certain special events and dining experiences.

If you have any additional questions about what to do during Hurricane Season, please feel free to ask! Also, you can take a look on the Walt Disney World Website’s FAQ Page for more information!

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What is FastPass+?

Disney introduced its FastPass ride reservations system in 1999 as a way to moderate the high wait times at some of the headliner attractions. A new version of FastPass, called FastPass+, completely replaced the old system in January 2014.
– How Does FastPass+ Work? –

The best way to explain how FastPass+ works is by comparing it to making a reservation at a restaurant. You call and reserve a table for you and your family for a certain time. With FastPass+ you choose which ride you want to ride, select what time is available that works for you and save you spot in line. When it’s your time to ride, you’ll be directed to a separate smaller line for the ride in order to have a short wait time.

Each FastPass+ reservation for rides lasts for an hour (ex. 1:00pm-2:00pm) and reservations for shows may be shorter depending on the showtime. If you make your reservations for 9:00am, you have until 10:00am to use it. If you don’t use it, it will be canceled. You may be able to arrive 5 minutes before or 15 minutes after your reserved time. It just depends on the cast member.

There is no extra charge to use FastPass+, it is included with park admission to everyone, including guests not staying on property.

You are only allowed 3 pre-planned FastPasses at one time. Once you use all 3, you can add more if there is a time slot available.

You can book your FastPass+ 60 days before your date of choosing. If you’re not able to get a time that you like keep checking back. You never know if someone may cancel their reservations.

FastPass+ selections for viewing areas for parades and shows do not become available until 30 days before your date of choosing.

**Please Note: If you are park hoping and using FastPass+. My advice you be to go to the morning park at “rope drop” and do as many rides as you can before the crowds get too big. Break for lunch and then go to the evening park and do all of the attractions that you have reserved with your FastPass+.**

– Attractions Available for FastPass+ by Theme Park –

Magic Kingdom: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Perter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Space Ranger Spin, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Main St. Electrical Parade Viewing Area, Meet Ariel at her Grotto, Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater, Meet Rapunzel & Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall, Meet Elsa & Anna at Princess Fairytale Hall, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Barnstormer, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Tomorrowland Speedway, Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, It’s a Small World, Mad Tea Party Tea Cups, Mickey’s Philharmagic, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Wishes viewing area.

EPCOT: Choose 1 of the following; Soarin’, Test Track, Illuminations viewing area or Living with the Land. Choose 2 of the following; Captain EO, Journey to Imagination with Figment, Mission SPACE, Spaceship Earth, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush and EPCOT Character Spot.

Hollywood Studios: Choose 1 of the following; Beauty and the Beast Live, The Great Movie Ride, Rock’n’Roller Coaster and Toy Story Mania. Choose 2 of the following; The Comedy Warehouse Special, Disney Junior Live on Stage, For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Lights Motors Action, Muppet Vision 3D, Star Tours, Tower of Terror and Voyage of the Little Mermaid.

Animal Kingdom: Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safari, Dinosaur, Finding Nemo Musical, Primeval Whirl, It’s Tough to Be a Bug and Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventure Outpost.

If you have any additional questions please fill free to Ask Me! Or some of your questions just might be answered here, Walt Disney World FAQ’s.

Disney’s Magical Express!

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So, you’ve made your resort reservation, selected your ticket package and booked your flight. Now, how will you get to and from the airport to your resort? A Rental Car? A Taxi? What about Disney’s Magical Express?

– What is Disney’s Magic Express? –

Disney’s Magic Express is a complementary 24/7 round-trip service for guests staying at a Disney World Resort Hotel It provides bus transportation between the Orlando International Airport and Walt Disney World Resort Hotels (not including the SwanDolphin and Shades of Green). The Magical Express will also transport your luggage so you don’t have to (but you can choose to transport your own luggage if you’d like). So why not begin your vacation as soon as you step off the plane? With Disney’s Magical Express, you don’t have to worry about baggage claim or worry about ground transportation to your resort.

– How Does is Work? –

When you book your vacation, sign up for the Magic Express. You only need the Magical Express’ service if you are flying into the Orlando International Airport. If you have your flight information at the time you are booking your vacation, you can input your flight information. If it’s too early to book your flights you can always come back at a later date. You will need to add your flight information no later than 10 days, but preferred two months if applicable. The next step is getting your luggage tags and vouchers by mail.

– Luggage Tags and Vouchers –

If you live in the U.S. and Canada, you will receive your Magical Express vouchers and luggage tags a couple of weeks before your vacation. Which is why it is important that you sign up for the Magical Express with enough time for your luggage tags and vouchers to arrive at your home. When you receive your luggage tags and vouchers you will need to put them on each piece of luggage that you want the Magical Express to retrieve from the luggage carousel at the airport. You will only receive one tag per person, if you need more than that you can contact Magical Express and let them know that you need more (1-866-599-0951). If you want to get your own bags and carry them to the bus, you won’t need to use the luggage tags. **Please note that if you will be arriving after 10:00 PM you must retrieve your own luggage. The delivery service does not run after 10:00 PM.**

The vouchers that come in the mail with your luggage tags are your tickets to board the Magical Express bus. If you don’t have your vouchers when you arrive you can go to the Magical Express desk in the airport and they can help you out. You can also use your MagicBand to board the Magical Express, but you will need your vouchers to board the Magical Express on your ride back to the airport after your vacation. So keep up with our vouchers throughout your vacation!

– Delivery Service –

If you choose to use the delivery service provided by the Magical Express there are a few things that you need to be aware of:

  • Make sure to pack any valuables, medications or anything that you will need immediately upon your arrival in Orlando in your carry on bag.

  • Make sure to have your MagicBand readily available and easily accessible at the airport and when you arrive at your Disney World Resort Hotel. **DO NOT PACK MAGICBANDS IN CHECKED LUGGAGE!**

  • Your luggage that you checked will more than likely not be on the same bus as you to your hotel. Your luggage could take as long as three hours to be delivered to your hotel and then to your room. Remember you do have the option to choose not to use the delivery service and place your luggage on the Magic Express yourself.

– How to find Disney’s Magical Express at the Airport? –

Once you arrive at the Orlando International Airport, you will navigate to Terminal B. There you will find the escalators. Make sure to go down the “B” side in order to get to Level 1 where you will board the Magical Express bus. **Please note: If you are retrieving your own bags, you must stop by baggage claim first before making your way to Terminal B. Overseas guests will have to go through customs before boarding and checking luggage.**

You will need your MagicBands or Magical Express vouchers to check-in at the Magical Express area. Once you have checked-in you will be directed to your resorts’ line that corresponds to the bus that will be transporting you. You will most likely wait up to 20 to 30 minutes before boarding your bus. Once boarded you will have a 25-35 minute ride, depending on if the bus has to stop at additional resorts thus in turn making it a longer ride.

– Arriving at Your Resort –

Once you arrive at your resort, you will get off the bus and retrieve your bags. If you brought your bags on the bus they will be unloaded and you can be on your way! If you checked your bags and they were not on the same bus as you, your bags will be delivered to your room. Be advised that it could take three to four hours for your bags to be delivered. Which again is why it is important to pack valuables and items that you may need as soon as you arrive to your resort in your carry on bag because your main luggage make take a while to get to you.

– At the End of Your Trip –

The day before you are scheduled to depart, you’ll receive a note in your room telling you what time you’ll be picked up to go back to the airport. If you are flying domestic your pick up time is usually about three hours before your flight. If you are flying international/over seas your pick up time is usually about four hours before your flight. Be advised DO NOT MISS YOUR BUS! You will most likely not be able to use the Magical Express bus if you miss the one that you are scheduled to take.

– Checking Luggage –

If you are flying on a certain airline you have the option of getting your boarding passes and checking your bags for your flight at your resort. If you are not checking your bags at the resort and are choosing to carry your bags onto the Magical Express you can do that as well. Also, if your flight is scheduled for later in the day and you want to spend the morning at one of the parks, you can use the luggage bell service at the front of your resort to hold your luggage until you’re ready to board the Magical Express. But remember to leave yourself plenty of time to retrieve your luggage before the Magical Express arrives to take you to the airport.

– Additional Airline Information –

Here is a list of Airlines that will allow you to get your boarding passes and check your bags for your flight at your resort:

  • AirTran Airways

  • Alaska Airlines

  • Continental Airlines

  • Delta Air Lines

  • JetBlue Airways

  • Northwest Airlines

  • Southwest Airlines

  • United Airlines

  • United Air Lines

  • US Airways

AirTran Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airlines and US Airways only allow people to check one bag at Disney resorts. Additional bags can be checked at the airport or guests can call Baggage Airline Guest Services at 407-284-1231 to pay airline excess luggage fees before checking in at the Resort Airline Check-In desk.

American Airlines quests who want to check bags should either check-in at the airport or call Baggage Airline Guest Services at 407-284-1231 to pay airline excess luggage fees before checking in at the Resort Airline Check-In desk.

United Airlines guests may have to pay fees for checked bags. If fees are due, call Baggage Airline Guest Services at 407-284-1231 to pay airline excess luggage fees before checking in at the Resort Airline Check-In desk.

The resort airline desks are usually located in the lobby or entrance area of the resorts.

The resort airline check-in desks are open from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. If your flight is before 8 a.m., you will not be able to check your bags but can take your luggage with you to check at the airport. You can’t check in for your flight more than 12 hours in advance.

It is appropriate to tip the people handling your luggage here because it is similar to curbside check in at the airport.

People who are flying on airlines that are not listed above cannot use Resort Airline Check In but can still use Magical Express. You would just need to bring your own luggage when you get on the bus and check in and check your bags once you get to the airport.

– Frequently Asked Questions about Disney’s Magical Express –

Can I take my child’s car seat on a Magical Express bus?

If you have a car seat, it can be stowed under the bus with the other luggage but it can’t be used on the bus seats.

What if I want to only take Magical Express 1 way and not round trip?

You can do that.

What if I only want to have my luggage picked up at the airport and delivered to my resort but I don’t want to ride a Magical Express bus?
Sorry, that’s not allowed. Many people would like to have their luggage transported to their resort and then head straight to the parks in a rental car or taxi. If that’s your goal, I would suggest making a quick stop by car/taxi at your resort and leaving your luggage with luggage bell services right at the front of the resort and then hopping back in your car/taxi to go to the park.

What if different parts of our group are arriving/leaving at different times?
Magical Express will be able to accommodate you. Make sure each name is on the room reservation and then give Magical Express the flight information for each person.

I’m flying into an airport other than Orlando International Airport. Can I still use Magical Express?
No, you won’t be able to.

What if I need to use the bathroom?
There is a bathroom on the bus.

What if I’m from another country and want my luggage picked up and delivered to the resort?
If Orlando is your first entry in the U.S., you’ll need to claim your bags and clear customs. You will then give your luggage back to the airport officials where you can either pick it up at baggage claim or have Magical Express get it for you. Once you arrive at the Magical Express area, let them know you’d like them to get your bags and they will.

– Still Not Sure if Disney’s Magical Express is Right for You? –

Benefits of Using Disney’s Magical Express – You will benefit the most from using Magical Express if you are on a strict budget and don’t want to add any extra costs for transportation. If you have an interest in checking your bags at your home airport and don’t want to deal with your luggage until you receive it at your resort. If you don’t need to make a grocery stop before you make it to your resort. If you don’t mind if your trip to your resort is going to take a little longer from the airport.

You Probably Shouldn’t use Disney’s Magical Express If – You want to leave immediately to get to your resort. You would prefer to have your own car while on vacation. You want to stop for groceries before you get to your resort. You don’t mind handling your own luggage. You are uncomfortable with your child riding without a car seat.

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